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Maple-Orange Pear Crisp

In fall, my family loves to kick back after dinner and dig into big bowls of this spiced crisp. It isn't too sweet, but still satisfies a sweet tooth. —Noreen McCormick, Cromwell, Connecticut


  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 6 medium ripe Bosc pears
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ice cream or whipped cream


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Place first nine ingredients in a food processor; pulse until crumbly. Grease an 8-in. square baking dish with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • Peel, core and cut each pear lengthwise into 8 wedges; toss with lemon juice. Place in prepared baking dish.
  • In a small saucepan, combine syrup, butter, orange zest and cinnamon; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour over pears. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake until golden brown and pears are tender, 30-40 minutes. Serve with ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 254 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 135mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 5g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Wanda
    Nov 27, 2020

    The lemon juice and orange zest balanced with the sweetness very nicely. I did use Splenda brown sugar blend and almond flour to cut carbs. And fewer pears. AND authentic maple syrup produced by my husband! This is VERY tasty. After a nap, i went back for seconds, and there was only an empty dish! My non-adventurous foodie diabetic husband ate it all up and was nowhere to be found. So i licked the dish. YUM!

  • Kendra GoodHouse
    Mar 7, 2019

    Need a few more crumbs. Very tasty.